Late last week I made a promise to enter a short story contest on Glimmer Train. I boasted that I planned on submitting three short stories. I had planned to, but I only ended up submitting one.
Two of the stories were perfect for this contest. The topic was Family Matters, and all three stories had family members in it. Truly, though, only two of the three stories were actually about families. The third was something else entirely. It is a good story, I think. I just think that the third story can be more useful in other categories. I do plan to use it though.
The other story I thought would be great for this contest needs a lot of work. It is an older story that I have wanted to use for this contest for a long time. I started editing it a few months ago and then stopped. I do not know why. I went back to it to try to finish the edit last week and just could not pick up where I left off. I will try to address the problems with this story before the next Family Matters contest in October, but maybe I will move on to other topics and never will.
One story did get submitted. Glimmer Train will announce the results on June 30. I will keep you posted.
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Glimmertrain is a publication that has regular monthly contests for writers. Each month has a theme. April’s theme is “Family Matters.” I have three short stories nearly ready to go for this month’s contest. Well, OK, two that are nearly ready. They just need a good once over for fine tuning. The third is only half written, but I can finish it in time. The deadline is looming, however.
The Glimmertrain deadline is April 30. Three days, three stories to finish. I was originally only going to submit one, but I think all three are good enough for consideration.
A bigger deadline is looming on May 1. That is the early bird deadline for the Writer’s Digest contest. The actual deadline is May 15. I have a pretty good story I can submit for that one, but it needs some editing. I don’t know if it will be ready for May 1. It might be, but I can definitely have it ready for May 15.
I have a lot of writing work to do this weekend to get ready for these contests, but I am up for it, definitely. Wish me luck!
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